Make your Plans for Photoville 2018

PHOTOVILLE is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park this September 13–23, 2018

Make your Plans for Photoville 2018

Photoville, the festival celebrating and showcasing photographers and organizations from New York and around the world in a rare open setting, returns for a seventh year from September 13 to 23, 2018, in the magical setting under the Brooklyn Bridge in shipping containers repurposed into galleries.

Co-founded by Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos of Brooklyn-based nonprofit United Photo Industries (UPI), Photoville transforms the festival’s picturesque location, The Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, into an immersive photography village populated by over 80 exhibitions in 60+ shipping containers. Photoville 2018 will continue to focus on the power of visual storytelling, showcasing stories from across New York City's 5 boroughs and throughout  the world.

Working with more than 100 curatorial partners, Photoville exhibits work by over 500 visual artists each year. In addition, the festival offers nighttime projection programs, hands-on workshops, an education day for New York City middle and high-school students, panel discussions and talks, tents with vendors, family-friendly photo activities, publishers and gear demonstrations, a community photo book store, and a beer garden run by Smorgasburg filled with local food vendors and serving Brooklyn Brewery beers. Photoville is open to the public—all ages, dogs included—free of charge, making it unlike any other photo festival in the world.

UPI will also be holding their very first benefit in the Photoville beer garden under the Bridge on Wednesday, September 12, offering guests a special preview of the festival’s exhibitions and an opportunity to explore innovative visual projects while enjoying libations, and unique cuisine served by Smorgasburg. With the purchase of a picnic basket, you will be supporting UPI’s free public programs, including Photoville, our year-round education initiatives, photoFENCES, and public art installations around the world. 

“We’re thrilled to have Photoville back in the Park for the seventh year in a row,” said Eric Landau, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Brooklyn Bridge Park is honored to host this truly unique photography village under the Brooklyn Bridge that features the work of so many artists and photojournalists, as well as great programming and activities. Photoville is always one of the Park’s season highlights and it keeps getting better.”

Immersion and interactivity are at the heart of Photoville’s success and popularity, allowing it to become the largest annual photographic event in New York City and among the most­ attended photographic events nationwide. Photoville’s seventh edition is expected to welcome more than 90,000 visitors over the course of nine days, providing participating photographers with an unparalleled opportunity to have their work seen. No other museum, gallery or festival presents work by such a wide range of artists and photojournalists to so many people in so little time, for free.

This year's exhibitions include:

  • Undocumented, a project representing 10 years of photojournalism by Getty Images special correspondent John Moore on the issues of immigration and border security;
  • New York Through the Lens of New York, New York Magazine's celebration of 50 years of photography from its pages, highlighting the visual stories that have defined New York and the world, as well as originally commissioned art covers from the magazine’s rolling public art project 50 New York Artists, curated by Jody Quon;

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  • Grandma Techno Checks In, a look at the often unacknowledged heroes of the healthcare industry through an exhibition of iPhone photographs shared on Instagram by photographer Patricia Lay-Dorsey, known in Detroit as 'Grandma Techno';
  • MFON's ALTAR: Prayer, Ritual, Offerings, presenting work that engages attributes and religious traditions specific Africa and its diaspora, by 40 women photographers of African descent;
  • Nowhere Left But Here, an exhibition that explores the phenomenon of petty crimes committed by elderly women in Japan;
  • Lynn Johnson’s The Geography of Hate, presented by National Geographic, documenting the locations where violent acts and the resulting deaths occurred between 1998 and 2017 within the United States;

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  • As-Salaam-Alaikum, America, highlighting the rich diversity of Muslim communities across the United States, photographed on assignment for National Geographic by Lynsey Addario and Wayne Lawrence;
  •’s Federal Project 2, offering a diverse group of American artists a chance to reflect upon and expand American art and storytelling;
  • Soul(s) of…, a series of portraits by New York-based photographer Makeba Rainey, highlighting the voices of Black women in gentrified communities;
  • Focal Points, featuring the work of CatchLight’s inaugural Fellows, exploring visualizations of the U.S.- Mexico border, growing nationalism among American teens, and life inside a youth prison camp in California;
  • Her Take: (Re)Thinking Masculinity, an exhibit from photographer-owned agency VII, forwarding inclusive conversations about gender, power, and representation;

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One of our favorite things from Photoville are the Nightly outdoor Projection Shows in the beer garden on a very large screen with the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan as the backdrop. This year's featured artists include a showcase of standout photography from the Getty Images staff and contributing photographers; a celebration of 50 years of New York Magazine’s visual stories, hosted by Director of Photography Jody Quon; a discussion, lead by National Geographic, with the photographers who contributed to their recent series of stories on race and diversity in America; an evening with The New York Times; and a town hall presented by For Freedoms that will bring together experts in various disciplines such as art, design, policy making, and community organizing to discuss issues related to freedom.

For a full schedule of events, visit

Photoville's Schedule

Wednesday, September 12  6 - 9 PM United Photo Industries Benefit Picnic & Photoville Press Preview at 6pm

Thursday, September 13  4 - 10 PM Photoville OPENS FREE to the Public (Press Invited to 4pm Tour)
Friday, September 14  4 - 10 PM PhotoShelter (9am - 6pm), Exhibitions & Night Time Programming
Saturday, September 15  12 - 10 PM Exhibitions, Talks , Workshops & Night Time Programming
Sunday, September 16  12 - 10 PM Exhibitions, Talks, Workshops & Night Time Programming

Thursday, September 20  4 - 10 PM Education Day (9am - 6pm), Exhibitions & Night Time Programming
Friday, September 21  4 - 10 PM Exhibitions, Workshops & Night Time Programming
Saturday September 22  12 - 10 PM Exhibitions, Workshops & Night Time Programming
Sunday September 23  12 - 8 PM Exhibitions, Workshops plus Beer Garden



Take advantage of this year's new event to gain a less hectic preview of this year's show by attending the first United Photo Industries’ Photo Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Wednesday September 12, 2018. Experience a special preview of Photoville and explore innovative visual projects under the Brooklyn Bridge while enjoying libations by Brooklyn Brewery and Kings County Distillery, and unique cuisine served by our friends at Smorgasburg.

The purchase of a picnic basket will support UPI’s free public programs, including Photoville, our year-round education initiatives, photo FENCES, and public art installations around the world.

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